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IBPS English Quiz (Cloze Test) for 2019 Exams

Directions (1-10): Read the following passage and attempt the questions as directed.

As India mourns the death of 40 CRPF personnel in Thursday’s terrorist strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, it is clear that the attack was meant to (A).............. The Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation which has orchestrated numerous strikes in the Kashmir Valley, has taken responsibility (B)............................................... in any attack in the State. Investigations should yield a better picture, but it is a matter of extreme concern that a suicide bomber could time his attack to hit a security convoy. (C) There is no question that Pakistan bears the onus to explaining why Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, enjoys such freedoms on its territory, if not outright support from the establishment. Certainly, diplomatic backing by Pakistan and China has been crucial in defeating efforts at the United Nations to put Azhar on the list of banned terrorists. (D) Early details indicate that a sports utility vehicle targeted with a huge quantity of explosives laden  the convoy of 78 buses carrying about 2,500 soldiers from Jammu to Kashmir. The video of the presumed suicide bomber too hints at an altered standard operating procedure meant to provoke and (E) escalate tensions. Forensics teams have already begun work and answers to the disturbing questions the attack has raised on intelligence gathering, dissemination and (F).................... in the Valley must be pieced together.

However, if the terrorists have acted from an updated playbook, New Delhi’s response must not play into their plans with reflexive and precipitate official action. India has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan in a signal that it will not wait for preliminaries (G)……………………….. (H) Coercive diplomacy is likely to continue, but to be effective the effort needs a wider net, especially at a time when the U.S. is seeking Pakistan’s help in firming up a deal with the Afghan Taliban. (I) Beijing too must not, and cannot, evade questions about its previous blocking of action at the UN, specifically against Azhar. Post-Uri, after terrorist attacks the air is always thick with calls for retributive cross-border strikes. The past history of limited, if any, returns from such precipitate action must serve as a cautionary check. Instead, the effort must be to isolate Pakistan for its support to the Jaish and seek (J) substantive action, to effectively upgrade intelligence and plug security gaps, and to win the confidence of the local population in the Valley. Thursday’s attack was meant to provoke and polarise the country. New Delhi’s response must, instead, be to isolate the perpetrators and keep the peace on Indian territory. (Source: The Hindu)

Q1. Which of the following words given in the options should come at the place marked as (A) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the blanks given in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful.


(I) The pictures of the victim’s body are sure to …………………………. feelings of anger within the jury.
(II) Nobody expected the teen’s death to …………………………………. a national investigation into the brutality of police force.
 excitin
 provoke
 inspiring
 motivation
 Both (b) and (c)

Q2. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (B) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
 for what is now the highest toll of security forces
 for what now the highest toll of security forces
 for what have now the highest toll of security force
 for what is now the highly toll of security forces
 None of the Above

Q3. In the passage given, a sentence (C) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
 There is no question that Pakistan bears the onus to explaining
 why Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed
 enjoys such freedoms on its territory,
 if not outright support from the establishment.
 No Error

Q4. The sentence given in (D) has four words given in BOLD. Amongst the given BOLD words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
 indicate-carrying
 targeted-laden
 carrying-laden
 indicate-targeted
 No Change required

Q5. A word is given in bold in (E). Choose the word which should replace the word given in bold to make the sentence correct and meaningful. If no change is required, choose option (E) as your answer.
 shrink
 plunging
 growth
 supressing
 No change is required

Q6. Which of the following words given in the options should come at the place marked as (F) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the blanks given in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful.
(I) In order to send a message to the brain, the ……………………………….. between the senses and the brain can be accomplished if the message is sent straight to the brain to interpret.
(II) The dance needs close ………………………….. between two dancers.
 institute
 imbalanced
 coordination
 agitate
 None of the Above

Q7. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (G) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
 in the effort to isolation Pakistan
 in the effort to isolating Pakistan
 in the effort for isolate Pakistan
 in the effort to isolate Pakistan
 None of the Above

Q8. In the passage given, a sentence (H) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there is no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
 Coercive diplomacy is likely to continue,
 but to be effective the effort needs a wider net,
 especially at a time when the U.S. is seeking Pakistan’s
 help in firming up a deal with the Afghan Taliban.
 No Error

Q9. The sentence given in (I) has four words given in BOLD. Amongst the given BOLD words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
 evade-blocking
 blocking-action
 action-against
 evade-against
 No change required

Q10. A word is given in bold in (J). Choose the word which should replace the word given in bold without changing the meaning of the sentence. If no change is possible, choose option (E) as your answer.
 considered
 sabotage
 unfruitful
 bewildered
 No change is possible

Directions (11-15): Read the following passage and attempt the questions as directed.

The death of more than 100 people to toxic alcohol in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has exposed the (A)............ sale of illicit liquor in the region. India remains among the countries with a high number of alcohol-related deaths, with poor governance, corruption and distorted policies (B)............................................................... The governments in U.P. and Uttarakhand cannot evade responsibility for the death of so many people, the majority of them in Saharanpur district of U.P. (C) Preliminary investigation has confirmed the well-entrenched system of illicit liquor vends that are known to exist in the region; several factories producing hooch in U.P. were unearthed within a couple of days in the episode. (D) Moreover, although several liquor-related deaths have been taking place, it took this illicit number of casualties for the authorities to acknowledge the presence of free-flowing staggering liquor. The Yogi Adityanath government prides itself on its law and order measures but its failure to crack down on these dens exposes the hollow claims. It has tried to put the (E) blame for previous incidents on political opponents hatching conspiracies.

Q11. Which of the following words given in the options should come at the place marked as (A) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the blanks given in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful.


(I) Airlines reportedly are cracking down on this ……………………… but illegal trade.
(II) The once …………………………. downtown has fallen into steep decline since the new mall was built.
 declining
 languish
 unhealthy
 thriving
 infirm

Q12. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (B) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
 contributing to such periodic tragedies
 contribution to such periodic tragedies
 contributing too such periodic tragedies
 contribute to such periodic tragedies
 None of the Above

Q13. In the passage given, a sentence (C) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
 Preliminary investigation has confirmed the well-entrenched system
 of illicit liquor vends that are known to exist in the region;
 several factories producing hooch in U.P. were unearthed
 within a couple of days in the episode.
 No Error

Q14. The sentence given in (D) has four words given in BOLD. Amongst the given BOLD words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
 have-illicit
 acknowledge-staggering
 illicit-staggering
 have-staggering
 No Change required

Q15. A word is given in bold in (E). Choose the word which should replace the word given in bold without changing the meaning of the sentence. If no change is required, choose option (E) as your answer.
 benefit
 accountability
 applause
 exculpation
 commendation












SOLUTIONS

1.B
2.A
3.A
4.B
5.E
6.C
7.D
8.E
9.E
10.E
11.D
12.A
13.D
14.C
15.B

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